A couple years back I attended an 8-bit music show in the Stockyards.
It was fascinating the music people could make with video games and, Ive been keeping an eye out for something similar. Fast forward to last Friday at Lolas Saloon for Nerdcore Night.
Nerdcore is a sub-genre of hip hop that features nerd themes (gaming, sci-fi, et cetera) and/or music from video games. Its largely underground, with most of the music being released free online.
Judging from the turnout at Lolas, we had a pretty solid group of nerds.
Brooklyn-based rapper Louis Logic was taking the stage. Logic is not strictly a nerdcore rapper, but seemed at home here. His material ranged from zombies to a blistering indictment of racism and homophobia called The Ugly Truth.
The lyrics basically repeat the worst kind of racial tirades and paranoia, each verse directed at a different group and in doing so, shining a light on the absurdity and the ignorance of the attitudes. Its hard to hear, and impossible not to listen to. The audience was transfixed listening to it. Google the lyrics at your own risk, and not from work.
Up next was Random, aka Mega Rand. Random is a former middle school language arts teacher who made a name for himself doing rap based on the 80s Nintendo game Mega Man. He seemed to be more Final Fantasy 7-based this time. He did songs about Sephiroth (a Final Fantasy villain) and Avalanche (an eco-terrorist group from the game). At one point he exclaimed I didnt know Final Fantasy could be so crunk! He also did an 8-bit cover of Dr. Dres Nuthin But a G Thang.
Charming is not a adjective one usually thinks of when describing a rapper, but there it is. Random is at ease, friendly and just a whole lot of fun to see and hear. His execution is flawless and his dialogue intelligent (not surprising, given his background). I was sad to see it end, and I need to listen to more from both of these guys.
But my weekend wasnt over yet. Saturday, I headed out to Deep Ellum to an event celebrating the International Academy of Web Television award for best design (for the series Continuum) received by Eric Whitney. The event was held in Erics studio on the third floor of a 120-year-old cotton gin.
The first band up was Funkytown rockers Sex Rynos. The band consists of Kevin Wellendorf (guitar), Caleb Cavazos (bass), and Gaelan Kefauver (drums).
This is kind of the psychedelic, MC 5-ish kind of thing that has become so important in the Fort Worth music scene as of late and they do it well. I was just thinking that the only thing that would improve the night would be if the similar themed Fort Worth band the Frisky Disco would follow them. And seconds later, they walked in the door.
We first told you about these guys a couple of years ago and they are still one of my favorite bands. The band consists of Hayden Miller (vocals), Tyler Vela (guitar) Jonnie Mans (Bass) and Zach Tucker (drums). I hadnt had a chance to see these guys since they added Tucker and moved Hayden to the front of the stage. The Frisky Disco, now with more energy (as if they needed any). The aforementioned energy had the partygoers dancing and you could feel (and see) the 120-year-old wood floor flexing with every beat.